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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Imperial Belgian-style golden ale. We’re no monestary

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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zoucrew102 (2048) - - APR 11, 2015
Bomber. Belgian yeast aroma with notes of clove and banana. Pours cloudy golden colored with one finger of white head with good retention and lacing. Starts with smooth candi sugar flavors as well as a bit of banana. Finishes smooth with a slight Belgian yeasty bite and some clove. Excellent tripel.


2.3
3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2016
August 2016 bottle. Hazed amber with a thin and unsustainable head. Aroma is alcohol, honey / mead, fruit (peach, apricot, apple) with an unpleasant browned banana ester quality. Full-bodied, under-attenuated, syrupy and sweet and lacking proper carbonation, so it’s sludgy-flabby, viscous and then thin late. As it warms it begins to smell of chemicals, gasoline, fusels. 4/2/5/2/10 = 2.3

January 2015 bottle. Lightly hazed gold with a fine white head. Nose of sugar cookie Pilsner malt, fruity esters (banana, melon), rustic cobweb Belgian ale yeast, mild apricot / orange jam aroma hop character. Medium-full body, rich, lightly sweet, expressive malt is toasty, honey-ish and cookie-like, sugar well-matched to bitterness and acid, carbonation is fine and silky, malt is savory and soft and comforting and fermentation is clean. Heck of a triple here that compares well with the best to come from Belgium. 7/4/8/4/16 = 3.9

2.5
PartyFowle (954) - - FEB 1, 2016
Giant, craggy cream-colored head atop cloudy tangerine. Citrus candy nose -- dried oranges, lychee, green tea leaves. Flavor is incredibly sweet -- seems as if the brewers just kept feeding it sugar until the critters couldn’t handle it anymore. Giant sugar-dusted orange flavor, firm alcohol, lingering peppery phenols. Way too much residual sugar.

3.4
ZacM612 (750) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Pale golden, slight haze, with a white lacing head. Aroma of yeast and fruit. Belgian yeast flavor with a hint of apple. Not bad.

4
ajnepple (6978) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2015
22 oz bottle from Biggie Wine & Liquor, poured into a tulip. Hazy yellow gold appearance with a nice white head and patchy lacing. Enticing aroma of light banana, clove, peppery spice, toasted grain, floral/herbal hops, light citrus, and yeast. Similar flavor, adding hints of bubble gum, honey and fruity esters. Medium sweetness balanced well by a light to mild hop bitterness. Medium to full body with a nice, fluffy feel. Very drinkable, a nice rendition overall. Pairing: Umphrey’s McGee - The Triple Wide > 2nd Self > The Bottom Half, 12/28/2013, Fillmore, Denver

3.8
jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle. A golden color with a white head. A strong floral, herbal and peppery aroma with a rich fully body, warming, a plenty of the Belgian sweetness that one would expect of this style.

4.2
onceblind (10296) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Cloudy golden with a thin white foamy cap. Fresh and bright nose with some light lemon and light Belgian tree fruity esters. Big palate full of blonde malty sweetness, a touch of white pepper, golden toast, Belgian sugar, tangerine/papaya (some sort of yellow fruit), clean blonde malt sweetness with a little boozy heat to compliment and balance it. Really damn nice, if a bit Americanized.

3.5
Ratman197 (15208) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2015
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a cloudy gold with a small lingering white head. Aromas of straw, yeast and fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, fruitiness and yeast with a smooth dry lingering yeasty fruity finish.

4
beastiefan2k (4054) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bomber shared by notalush. Poured into St. Bernardus tasting goblet. Thick golden color, no clarity, medium head that fades to a thick lacing, not sticky. Aroma has pear candy esters, not sweet but Belgian and sweet-ish, very restrained and well controlled esters. A grainy/sandy malt crust character, very nice mix. Mouthfeel has a sprinkle that travels through the medium-thick body and really breaks up the big beer. Speaking of big, no boozy at all. Flavor is similar with maybe a citrus (or coriander) hint with smooth esters (similarly controlled). Soft finish with the pear crust again. Really a treat for the style to be this nice in the States.

3.8
notalush (5910) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bomber - hazy gold - fairly thick, frothy lace - nose is nice and spicy, with some tropical pineapple character, moderate bitterness, floral notes, honey, grape must - low carbonation - fairly creamy texture - excellent balance between honeyed malt sweetness, spicy character, and finishing bitterness - some tropical flavor, mild alcohol warmth - a bit of pear - finish is warm, spicy, medium-dry - this is really good - I need to start giving more of their stuff a try now that they seem to be hitting their stride.


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